I just read all of the 50 life tips That Jordan made, and I found this one to be one that I could do. I am going to try to only take cold showers for 30 days.
So, I challenge YOU to do the same, or at least for a week. I have no doubt it will be hard to do, I take showers that are barely below scalding, so it will take some getting used to.
Post and tell me if you are going to do this too
Throughout summer I used to live pretty much the entire time without hot water. I used to body surf every day, some times multiple times a day, then simply rinse all the salt off myself with pure cold water. I didn’t even have my water heater turned on most of the time, and those times were for more special occasions, which were few.
I did use shampoo most of the time, but your hair goes sticky and stiff from the salt water, and in my case blonder. The need for soap was much less necessary than shampoo, I’d use the run off shampoo mostly, for body clean. There were no problems with cleanliness.
first day on the kold shower challenge . wow lol . after getting the gusto to aktually touch the water it was working hard to kontrol my breathing , but once i kontrolled it it was starting to feel warm haha . its funny bekause usally i get out of a hot shower missing the warmth , but today i got out the kold shower feeling amazing in the natural temperature of the room . day one was a win .
I am being such a baby this winter :P Its too cold outside for me to want to take a cold shower, but then I don’t want to go back to hot showers, so its always a battle in my head haha. Then I give in and take a warm one but then I feel bad and switch it to cold after less than a minute. I should just get over it and start out cold like I had been doing, but it just looks so scary when I’m standing outside the shower…
One thing I noticed is that its pretty dangerous to shave my legs in a cold shower. I haven’t nicked myself since I was 15, but now that I cold shower I’m bleeding all over the place. I think I’m just slicing open all the goosebumps or something. Weird. So I switch it to warm when I shave.
I have to ask, so how cold is cold? I started the cold shower challenge today but I still used a tiny bit of hot water. Are you guys just going with no heat at all? Because it was unbelievably cold this morning.
@tine Yeah, cold showers are THE most effective wakeup call. I’ve read that it’s due to a survival mechanism that’s there to prevent drowning and freezing. Another thing that works when you’re tired or down is to press at your solar plexus, though I’ve heard this can be dangerous. This isn’t due to a reflex or such though, it’s more because you’re pressing at a gland or a certain nerve cluster, don’t remember exactly.
Cold showers are the shit though.
I’ve been doing it since November of last year, and haven’t looked back once. I’ve considered taking a hot shower every once in a while, especially when the water first turns on and it’s hot, but I know that if I allow myself to skip it once, I’ll eventually do it again and break the habit of cold showers. I actually did an ice bath a few weeks ago, just to see how it would go, and I got WAY too cold–when I stood up to get out, I couldn’t even walk straight.
I probably won’t be doing that one again…lol
i’ve been taking these for two years now – since I first discovered HE – still loving my great circulation and immune system! I take them on and off since I also stopped using shampoo in my hair – it’s pretty difficult to thoroughly rinse with ice cold water once your hair gets long and thick. But then again I should probably just get a fucking haircut :P
I´ve been taking cold showers since 3 months now and its amazing… gives me a kick in the ass every morning and I really need that :D I also think it increased my general mood and body condition :) over all a really good thing to do!
I have been doing this challenge for half a year or so and only took a warm shower once. I used to start with half cold half warm but now I start with ice cold immediately. I spent a couple of days in Sweden now where the water was significantly colder than back home, which made it harder (especially getting used to normal breathing again). I do not experience any other positive changes, as described by some people, rather than waking up a lot easier, not wasting your time by showering too long (I just take the time to wash myself now rather than standing under pouring hot water because of some sort of craving), and feeling really ‘fresh’ after getting out of the shower. I do not know whether this is good for my health and/or whether there are other advantages, but I do know that it is a challenge every morning and it definitely is good for my overall discipline. Hence, I try to see the big picture.